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Kidnote Speaker Shows Spunk at Leaders’ Congress

Pasig City -- Every year, the NATCCO Network conducts the Co-op Leaders'Congress prior to the General Assembly.  It is an opportunity for the co-op leaders to know the developments in the co-op sector in general, and the NATCCO Network as well. It is a tradition that since the NATCCO Network has a Youth Program to ensure that the youth are active in cooperatives, one child who has done well under the Aflatoun Program - NATCCO's flagship program for youth -- is given a few minutes to give his/her testimony on how her life has changed for the better.  

Below is the speech of the 11-year-old "Kidnote Speaker," Roselyn Dagsi from Sacred Heart Laboratory Savings Cooperative in Ilocos Sur:

All the way from Ilocos Sur, I am beaming with pride and excitement, as I talk in front you today, as the Kidnote Speaker.
As an 11 year old, speaking before 500 delegates of NATCCO Leaders’Congress, is a nerve-wracking situation to be in.  
I will never forget this moment ever.  My aflatoun experience started when I joined the Aflatoun program in school in 2014.  Sacred Heart Savings Laboatory Cooperative has partnered with my beloved school Galimuyod Central School in 2014 as one of the six partner schools or the initial implementation of Aflatoun.  
Many of my fellow students got interested with the Aflatoun Program. Curious and inquisitive, we all joined the program looking forward to the positive things it could bring to us.  Aflatoun is indeed a very positivie thing that has happened to us.  When the Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative personnel  conducted in our school that Aflatoun orientation, they discussed the history and benefits of Aflatoun.
We got an idea of what Aflatoun really is.  
Aflatoun was new to us then.
The teachers helped us in the program. With the the co-op collectors , they conducted the smooth flow of the activity.  
Our school has been very supportive of the program and 99% of the students are enrolled in the Aflatoun Youth Savings Program of SHSC.
My parents are very supportive as well. My father, a coop employee for 11 years now, has inspired me with this.  The idea about cooperatives is not new to our family. I am thankful that SHSC where my father works adopted the Aflatoun Program.
My loving parents are very  encouraging when it comes to my goals and  ambitions in life. Someday, I want to be an architect.  And I can say if I continue saving – and surely I will, I can help my parents out in my schooling.
My initial savings was P162.  Now I have P12k!  On a weekly average, I save P50 and I am very proud of it.  Young as I am, I am able to save money for the future.  The value of savings and thriftiness has been instilled in me thru the Aflatoun Program.  
Aside from it, I always enjoy activities sponsored by our laboratory cooperative.  I have joined two youth camps in the past.  I feel proud that my school hosted the camp for two consecutive years now.
Being able to mingle with other Aflatoun savers is a memorable and learning-filled experience.  We learn from resource speakers and we also learn from each other in a fun and engaging manner.  This highlights the spirit of Cooperation.


I am proud to say that I am lucky enough to be part of a generation that is being groomed to become financially literate individuals and wise savers.  I see all of this is an opportunity to develop and become a responsible adolescent.  
While many organizations are advocating to develop 21st century learners, I am glad that we have already started.  And we have already paved the way for other schools and learners.  Being able to daily save a small amount from my baon is a victory for me.  They say kids who exercise delayed gratification have more chances of becoming successful later in life.
Being able to realize at a young age the essence of saving is a gift.  And I have to commend my school and my co-op for this.  
Thus, I take this moment to congratulate my fellow Aflatoun Savers.
I salute the cooperatives that have already adopted Aflatoun Savings Program.
Happy 40th Anniversary NATCCO!

I am Roselynn V. Dagsi, 11 years old of Galimuyod Savings School and a member of
Sacred Heart Laboratory Savings Cooperative

 

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